Patsy left a last­ing im­pres­sion

Wexford People - - NEWS | OBITUARIES -

PA­TRI­CIA (PATSY) Byrne was a lov­ing mother, grand­mother and great-grand­mother who will be very much missed by her 10 chil­dren, 25 grand­chil­dren and four great-grand­chil­dren.

She was born in Long Is­land, New York on June 23, 1931. When she was three-years-old, fol­low­ing the death of her mother, she was brought to Ire­land to be reared by her grand­par­ents Ni­cholas and Brid­get Lam­bert on Anne Street, Wex­ford and later on Lower John Street.

Af­ter at­tend­ing Miss Ir­win’s in Wex­ford, Patsy went to the Loreto Con­vent in En­nis­cor­thy as a boarder at the age of seven and had a very happy ex­pe­ri­ence there. She left to com­plete her fi­nal year in sec­ondary school and sit the Leav­ing Cert in Loreto Con­vent, Bray.

Af­ter her Leav­ing Cert, she sat the ma­tric­u­la­tion ex­ams for univer­sity and passed with fly­ing colours. But she de­cided to re­turn to her beloved Wex­ford where she took a po­si­tion in the land project of­fice in the Co. Hall.

Patsy was a keen hockey player and played with Green­hills Hockey Club. She met her late hus­band Vin here as he too played hockey for the club, and for Le­in­ster. Patsy was mar­ried when she was 22-years-old and moved to Bal­ly­grangans, Kil­more. She and Vin worked hard on the fam­ily farm over 40 years, rear­ing their fam­ily of five boys and five girls.

Patsy loved meet­ing peo­ple and had a great way with ev­ery­one she met. When­ever friends of her fam­ily would call or visit she would leave a last­ing im­pres­sion on them.

She played Bridge for over 25 years at Wex­ford Bridge Cen­tre and was a mem­ber of the Raven Club, where she made many friends. She was very pop­u­lar with many of the clubs in the Bridge Cen­tre and, though she never rated her­self a good player, most mem­bers would say that she was very good.

Patsy also loved the Young at Heart club, of which she was a mem­ber in Kil­more and she would not miss Mon­day af­ter­noon meet­ings if at all pos­si­ble. Even when she was not feel­ing too well, she made ev­ery ef­fort to go as they kept her in touch with ev­ery­one.

She loved to travel also and went to Aus­tralia, Amer­ica and Europe sev­eral times to visit fam­ily. She loved all things sport and en­cour­aged all of her fam­ily to take part in sport while grow­ing up.

She loved her grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren and they adored her. She had a great un­der­stand­ing of young peo­ple and they could talk to her about any­thing. She was very loyal and dis­creet with ev­ery­one. Al­ways will­ing to help, she would drop ev­ery­thing to drive them wher­ever they needed to go.

Patsy had a great sense of hu­mour and loved to laugh. She loved com­edy on tele­vi­sion. She was light-hearted and never took her­self too se­ri­ously. She loved drama and mu­si­cals, and at­tended many pro­duc­tions down through the years.

She had a strong faith and would at­tend Mass reg­u­larly. She prayed the Rosary ev­ery night in bed and some­times wor­ried that she fell asleep be­fore fin­ish­ing it. Un­for­tu­nately, she wasn’t aware that Pope Fran­cis also some­times falls asleep while pray­ing and, when asked about it, he replied that ‘It pleases God to fall asleep while pray­ing’, so she need not have wor­ried.

A won­der­ful mother and friend, she is sadly mourned by her chil­dren Paddy, Mary, John, Christina, Anne, Ni­cholas, Vin­cent, Brid­get, Sheila and James, sons-in-law, daugh­ters-in-law, grand­chil­dren, great grand­chil­dren, rel­a­tives and many friends.

Patsy’s Month’s Mind Mass will take place in Kil­more Church on De­cem­ber 8 at 7:30 p.m.

May her gen­tle soul rest in peace.

The late Patsy Byrne.

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